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John Bradshaw: Greenbrier Indian Spy and Vet of the Battle of Yorktown

In Frontier Defense: Colonizing Contested Areas in West Virginia, archaeologists Kim and Stephen McBride, who specialize in the frontier forts of Kentucky and the Virginias, explained that: The use of “Indian spies” or scouts was another crucial element of the frontier defensive strategy. During the French and Indian War, spies functioned in an offensive capacity, …

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James Christy of Byrnside’s Fort: “Indian Spy” and Frontier Minister

Here is the original handwritten and signed Revolutionary War pension application of “Indian Spy” James Christy, who was garrisoned at Byrnside’s Fort in the 1770’s and 1780’s. Not only that, but he was the first pastor of the oldest standing protestant church West of the mountains, built of logs, and still standing. And we found …

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Mysterious Valley of Virginia Flintlock Found in Fincastle

This is an original 19th century flintlock “smooth rifle,” .45 caliber, which belonged to a family in Fincastle, Virginia. It was possibly made somewhere around there, around the lower valley of Virginia, next to the mountains – though probably not in the mountains. I posted pics of it a while back, with the information I …

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Epic Narrative of Thomas Brown – a 16 year old Ranger during the French Indian War

As I am but a youth, I shall not make those Remarks on the difficulties I have met with, or the kind appearance of a good God for my Preservation, as one of riper Years might do; but shall leave that to the reader as he goes along, and shall only beg his prayers, that …

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The Actual Site of the Kelly Cabin and Fort Morris: the First Permanent Settlement on the Kanawha

The oldest documented settlement by colonial settlers in the Kanawha Valley was made by a man named Walter Kelly, who moved there in 1772 out 1773, having previously lived on Muddy Creek, in the Greenbrier Valley (near Alderson, WV). Some records claim he came from North Carolina. Yet another claims he came from Barbados. But …

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The site of Fort Clendenin and the origin story of Charleston, WV

This is the actual site of Fort Clendenin – also called “Fort Lee” – on the North bank of the Kanawha River in present day Charleston, West Virginia. The spot is located exactly at the corner of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard, in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, and is now the site of a somewhat …

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The actual site of Fort Washington – now downtown Cincinnati – circa 1789

If you’ve read the Allen Eckert books, or studied the expansion of the American frontier in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, then you’ve read about Fort Washington. It was located in an important spot. And because of that, it’s completely gone, with a large city built over it: Cincinnati, Ohio. The large well-constructed log …

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